Sponsors and partners of Henry County Government filled the Merle Manders Event Center in Stockbridge on Wednesday as Commission Chair Carlotta Harrell delivered the annual State of the County address.
State of the County Address 2023
Hosted by Council for Quality Growth, Harrell began her address by thanking County leadership, public safety officials and all county employees for their diligent hard work over the course of this past year.
Harrell outlined Henry County Government’s brand-new slogan “Henry Cares. Henry Committed”, explaining the mission and promise associated with the new slogan and said the County vows to take care of Henry County employees as well as residents.
“We strive to foster a Henry that is truly invested in the betterment of the lives of residents. One that acts with sympathy and empathy. One that delivers services with a human touch,” said Harrell.
County Adds 70 Officers in Past Year
According to Harrell, Henry County has seen a drastic decrease in crime after the hiring of nearly 70 new police officers in the past year. As a result, the County has increased patrols to make the community safer. She went on to commend and honor several public safety employees, staff, partners and individuals for exemplifying excellence in serving the community and handed out Henry Hero awards.
Harrell stressed the importance of improving the County’s infrastructure and outlined current road projects funded by T-SPLOST. “We need to [complete projects] sooner rather than later because drivers need relief now,” said Harrell.
Harrell recognized Asset Management Cluster Lead Hutch Purvis as the recipient of the Commissioner Gary Barham Leadership Award for his exemplary service. Harrell introduced the award at last year’s address in honor of the late District III Commissioner Gary Barham.
She also highlighted several accomplishments and credited the collaboration between the county, the four cities, Georgia DOT, the hospital and school system, as well as civic organizations and the business community.
Focus to Address Homelessness & Provide Workforce Housing
At the conclusion of the speech, Harrell said Henry County plans to continue the fight to address homelessness and push for affordable workforce housing. There will also be focus on improving mental health which in turn will help to reduce costs placed on Henry’s criminal justice system by offering alternative methods to treat inmates.
“On these and so many other issues, we are committed to making this an even better place to live. To achieving the loftiest goals and following the brightest of north stars as we chart a course forward,” said Harrell.
Article reprinted from Henry County Government. Featured image shows Chair Harrell at the State of the County address. Henry County photo.